Towards a New Framework of Regional Integration in East Asia

  • Young-Ho Kim
Conference paper


A new era of regional integration has begun in East Asia. The ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) will be virtually realized as of 2002; a free trade agreement (FTA) between the People’s Republic of China (China) and ASEAN has been endorsed; a pan-Chinese FTA among China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao is under discussion; a Japan—Singapore Economic Partnership Agreement (JSEPA) has been concluded between Singapore and Japan; negotiations on an FTA between Japan and ASEAN are now in progress; an FTA joining all the countries in East Asia was discussed at the most recent ASEAN+3 summit; and discussions to form an FTA between Japan and Korea (Republic of Korea), or among Korea, Japan and China, have begun. Discussions on FTAs of various forms have, in other words, gained considerable momentum in East Asia.


Regional Integration Economic Integration East Asian Country Free Trade Agreement Bilateral Investment Treaty 


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